American Fork has been a part of Utah since the city was incorporated in 1853, but did you know these interesting 10 facts about the northern Utah County city?
This is the first in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
It was originally named Lake City.
The city of American Fork was originally incorporated on June 4, 1853 as Lake City, according to the Utah Division of State History. The city was known as Lake City until 1860. At that point, the name was changed to American Fork because the residents of the city wanted to avoid confusion with the mail going to Salt Lake City.
A few important state politicians were born in American Fork.
Reva Beck Bosone, the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Utah was born in American Fork in 1895, according to the Utah Division of State History. Also born in American Fork was the current governor of Utah, Gary Herbert.
It is the birthplace of current celebrities.
Along with politicians, American Fork was the birthplace for several celebrities, including Wayne Sermon, the guitarist for Imagine Dragons; Belle Jewel, pop singer who appeared on “The Voice”; and Witney Carson, dancer who was on “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The population is 28,770.
As of July 1, 2016 population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Fork is home to 28,770 residents. The city has seen an 8.5 percent population increase since 2010 according to the Census Bureau.
The city’s population is younger than the national average.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10.6 percent of the city’s population is under the age of 5 years old, compared to 6.2 percent nationally. Thirty-seven percent of the city’s population is under the age of 18, compared to 22.8 percent nationally.
The city is home to many veterans.
There are 1,038 veterans in the city as if 2016, according to census data.
The city has 26 parks.
The city has 26 parks, that include features like playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, basketball courts, picnic tables, walking paths, volleyball courts, pavilions and a skate park.
Pioneer Park is also home to the city’s Pioneer Cemetery Monument.
There are quite a few businesses in the city.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 data, the city was home to 3,047 businesses.
It isn’t very big in terms of size.
The city covers 9.2 square miles of land, making it the 13th largest city in Utah County, smaller in size than Eagle Mountain, Provo, Lehi, Cedar Fort, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, Springville, Genola, Mapleton, Santaquin and Salem.
Only 10 cities or towns in Utah County are smaller — Pleasant Grove, Payson, Highland, Lindon, Alpine, Vineyard, Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that means that American Fork’s population per square mile in 2010 was 2,853.7.
It is home to Utah County's only national monument.
American Fork is home to northern Utah's only national monument -- Timpanogos Cave National Monument. While it's not technically inside the city limits, it is listed by American Fork City's website as one of the city's to-visit spots. The monument is located in American Fork Canyon, and people can take tours of the cave between Memorial Day and Labor Day.